Home remedies and old wives’ tales abound when it comes to taking care of our skin. Learn the truth behind the five most pervasive skin care myths.
1. Tanning booths that filter out UVB rays are safe.
Some businesses advertise “safe” tanning that filters out UVB rays. However, using a tanning booth still exposes you to harmful UVA rays, which increase your risk of developing skin cancer and cause signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Self-tanners are an effective and safe alternative.
2. You should select skin care products designed for your age group.
For optimal results, you should choose skin care products based on your skin type, not your age. Women of different decades can share concerns like clogged pores, dull appearance, and sensitivity. Also, anti-aging products are as appropriate for those in their 30s as in their 60s.
3. Anti-aging products irritate the skin.
Because these products exfoliate, some women may experience peeling and flaking with initial use. However, starting slowly with these products allows the skin to acclimate, revealing a smoother, more youthful appearance.
4. There’s no way to reduce the appearance of age spots.
While many of us accept uneven skin tone as a fact of getting older, the truth is that the right products can make signs of aging less visible. To lighten dark spots, look for products with hydroquinone, while products with niacinamide, vitamin C, and plant extracts like arbutin are good for a brighter, more even skin tone. Regardless of the products you choose, daily sunscreen is a must.
5. The higher the SPF, the longer you can stay in the sun.
Speaking of sunscreen, there’s confusion about the numbers assigned to these formulas. However, they do not correlate to the amount of time you can stay in the sun; all formulas should be reapplied every two hours. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 protects against 97 percent of these rays, compared to 92 percent for SPF 15; higher numbers don’t offer much additional protection.
Knowing the truth behind these five skin care myths puts you on the path to healthier skin this summer.